“The Messiah will be cut off and will have nothing.” Daniel 9:26 (HCSB)
Blessed be his name—there was no cause of death in Christ. Neither original nor actual sin had defiled him, and therefore death had no claim upon him. No man could have taken his life from him justly, for he had done no man wrong, and no man could even have lain him by force unless he had been pleased to yield himself to die.
But lo, one sins and another suffers. Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in him. Rivers of tears, mountains of offerings, seas of the blood of bullocks, and hills of frankincense all could not have availed for the removal of sin. But Jesus was cut off for us, and the cause of wrath was cut off at once, for sin was put away forever.
Herein is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised!
Herein is condescension, which brought Messiah, the Prince, to wear a crown of thorns, and die upon the cross!
Herein is love, which led the Redeemer to lay down his life for his enemies!
It is not enough, however, to admire the spectacle of the innocent bleeding for the guilty—we must make sure of our interest therein. The special object of the Messiah’s death was the salvation of his church: Have we a part and a lot among those for whom he gave his life as a ransom? Did the Lord Jesus stand as our representative? Are we healed by his stripes? It will be a terrible thing indeed if we should come short of a portion in his sacrifice; it would be better for us than if we’d never been born. Solemn as the question is, it is a joyful circumstance that it is one that may be answered clearly and without mistake. To all who believe in him, the Lord Jesus is a present Savior, and upon them all the blood of reconciliation has been sprinkled.
Let all who trust in the merit of Messiah’s death be joyful at every remembrance of him, and let their holy gratitude lead them to the fullest consecration to his cause.
Adapted from Morning and Evening.